Have Your Say! - Manual on the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life (New Edition) (2015)
Youth participation is not an end in itself, but a means of achieving positive changes in young people’s lives and of building better democratic societies.
Participation is a fundamental human right recognised, among others, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Participation is also a core principle of human rights and is a condition for effective democratic citizenship for all people.
The aim of the Council of Europe’s youth policy is to provide young people with equal opportunities and experience which enable them to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to play a full part in all aspects of society. Youth participation is at the core of youth policy in the Council of Europe, which includes co-management as a form of sharing power with youth representatives.
Youth participation is promoted across the various sectors of the Council of Europe. The revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life, adopted in May 2003 by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, is a standard-setting instrument for youth participation. It supports young people, youth workers, youth organisations and local authorities in promoting and enhancing meaningful youth participation at local and regional level across Europe. The manual “Have your say!” was produced to support local and regional authorities, youth organisations and young people who want to give young people a real say for a meaningful democratic youth participation.
According to the Charter, participation is about having the right, the means, the space and the opportunity and, where necessary, the support to participate in and influence decisions and engage in actions and activities so as to contribute to building of a better society. The manual “Have your say!” is an educational and practical tool to support all those committed to making that right a reality for more young people in the Council of Europe member states.
Table of contents
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION TO PARTICIPATION
1.1. Basic definitions and approaches to youth participation
1.2. Benefits of and barriers to youth participation
1.3. Principles of youth participation
1.4. Preconditions for youth
1.5. Forms of youth participation
CHAPTER 2: THE REVISED EUROPEAN CHARTER ON THE PARTICIPATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN LOCAL AND REGIONAL LIFE
2.2. Content of the charter
2.3. Target groups of the charter
CHAPTER 3: THE CHARTER’S APPROACH TO PARTICIPATION
3.1. Introduction to the charter’s approach to youth participation
3.2. RMSOS framework
CHAPTER 4: THE CHARTER IN PRACTICE
4.1. The revised charter as a practical tool for different actors
4.2. How to use the charter in practice?
a. The six-step-model
b. RMSOS approach
c. Participatory approach to planning youth projects
CHAPTER 5: YOUTH PARTICIPATION PROJECTS
5.1. Managing youth participation projects
5.2. Step-by-step: planning and managing a youth project
5.3. Quality criteria for participatory projects
CHAPTER 6: CO-OPERATION AT A LOCAL LEVEL
6.1. Getting ready for co-operation
6.2. Co-operation in the area of decision-making – Consultation model
6.3. Co-operation in the area of decision-making – Committee model
6.4. Co-operation in the area of decision-making – Co-management
6.5. Other forms of co-operation in the area of decision-making
CHAPTER 7: THE CHARTER AND LOCAL YOUTH POLICIES
7.1. Introduction to local youth policy
7.2. The revised charter and local youth policy
7.3. Formulation process of a local youth policy
7.4. Advocacy – network for policy change
CHAPTER 8: EDUCATIONAL SECTION
Diamond of policies
Knives and forks
Ladder of participation
Meeting the mayor
Rights and participation
Role play on the charter
The triangle of co-operation
True or false?
What can you do for me?
Visit to Jeunessia
What happens if it doesn’t happen?
Simulation exercise “Youth in action”